1. despertador's Avatar
    This was uploaded on the 28th... I can't tell if this feels happy or sad

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    09-30-2013 12:43 AM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It will be interesting to see what he ends up doing once he leaves Microsoft.
    09-30-2013 12:51 AM
  3. propeller10's Avatar
    Man I'm gonna miss that goofy b.astard. That farewell was funny and sad at the same time.
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    09-30-2013 01:02 AM
  4. despertador's Avatar
    Yep. The video just made me realize how much Ballmer is connected to Microsoft.

    "I LOVE THIS COMPANY!"


    The well known "DEVELOPERS!"


    ...and all other presentations he presented in. Amazing guy.
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    09-30-2013 01:06 AM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    One certainly cannot say he is boring guy.
    09-30-2013 01:11 AM
  6. Jupast's Avatar
    He's a quirky one, and not everyone's cup of tea, but even so one has to admire his passion for the company.
    09-30-2013 05:43 PM
  7. squire777's Avatar
    There was an article in Forbes not too long ago suggesting that certain aggressive shareholders (ValueAct) were part of the reason why Ballmer left.

    Just goes to show again that investors are getting too much influence on companies and why stock markets are driving companies to only care about profit.
    10-02-2013 11:40 AM
  8. tgp's Avatar
    Just goes to show again that investors are getting too much influence on companies and why stock markets are driving companies to only care about profit.
    Not to nitpick, but isn't profit the point of any business? But I see what you're saying, "to only care about profit."
    10-02-2013 11:53 AM
  9. Fade_z's Avatar
    Not to nitpick, but isn't profit the point of any business? But I see what you're saying, "to only care about profit."
    Purely business speaking yes, but then we would be stuck with no innovation/improvement because they only care about products sold.

    If you love your job you want the best product possible
    10-02-2013 12:05 PM
  10. tgp's Avatar
    Purely business speaking yes, but then we would be stuck with no innovation/improvement because they only care about products sold.

    If you love your job you want the best product possible
    Innovation is a necessary part of a tech business for profit. That's why they have an R&D budget.
    10-03-2013 12:25 PM
  11. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    Innovation is a necessary part of a tech business for profit. That's why they have an R&D budget.
    I think the point that he is trying to make is that investors tend to be very short sighted and most of them don't really care about the company at all. They just want to get in, make some quick cash, sell their stock, and then probably use the money to buy the stock of a competitor. Publically traded companies are under constant pressure to maximize short term profit even if it means that the company will suffer in the long term strategy. If the investors are too stupid or greedy to understand why a company is spending so much on R&D this quarter in order to release future products it can be almost impossible for the company to justify those moves to investors. The investors just see it as inefficiency. Of course if they don't make moves, a few quarters down the road those same investors will turn around and say that the company is stagnant and should have invested more in R&D.

    There are lots of examples of this. It's not uncommon for a large publically traded company to release an earnings report showing X billion dollars of profit and then lay off thousands of workers because investors were expecting X+1 billion dollars profit.

    A more specific and recent example of this was Microsoft's 900 million dollar write down for Surface RT. MS is trying to break into an established market which is an extremely difficult undertaking with a lot of risk. To anyone that has some common sense and a clue about technology it's probably not a surprise that it may take a lot of money and a few attempts to be successful. Yet shortly after the Surface RT write down a bunch of class action lawsuits were filed against Microsoft by investors that apparently felt that ever single thing that MS does has to be successful on the first attempt. It doesn't matter that MS made 5 billion dollars of profit that same quarter.

    Thankfully MS is still attempting to upgrade products, innovate, research, and plan for the future despite the average wall street investment firm i.d.i.o.t pushing for more safe boring business ideas like "fire some people to reduce costs." I can only imagine how frustrating it would be for someone like Steve Ballmer to have to explain something as complex as Microsoft's vision for all of their different products and ecosystem to a bunch of boring glorified accountants and technology illiterate rich old dudes.
    Last edited by Cleavitt76; 10-03-2013 at 02:27 PM. Reason: apparently i.d.i.o.t is a bad word.
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    10-03-2013 02:22 PM

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